just do it: getting off the roller coaster

There’s been a lot of talk among everyone I interact with lately about roller coasters. As in “my life is a roller coaster.” Anything at all can be labeled as the cause: work, school, love life (or lack of it), family, friends–whatever it is, it’s perceived to be packing super highs and super lows.

Full disclosure: I’m not a very patient person. When I start hearing people talk like this, my first question is “So what are you doing about it?” If the answer is, “Well, I can’t do anything. I can’t change my [insert work, lover’s name, family issue here]. It’s just so awful”–ie. a big fat NOTHING–I have a hard time sticking with the convo for too long. Really? You can’t do anything?

Let’s pretend for a moment that we actually don’t have any say in our work, lover’s interaction with us, family issues, etc. Let’s pretend that we can’t change dynamics simply by changing what we bring to them. (That’s a post for another day.)

If we really truly are stuck with the super highs and super lows, there’s still one mega solution we all have available. Get off the roller coaster. Get onto your yoga mat. Breathe and move for, say, just seven minutes. Get out of your head. Every day. After, you can get back on the roller coaster if you want. It’s your choice.

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Jan 8, 2010 · Comment

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